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It hardly boasts the same sort of generational confrontationalism that marked the arrival of punk rock into a bloated music scene in the late 1970s, but something about the first YouTube Music Awards ceremony seemed ... well, sort of punk rock.On the surface, at least, the ceremony – which was streamed live around the world from Pier 36 in New York City on Sunday evening…

Yvar Mikhashoff, who taught piano at UB from 1973 until his death in 1993, liked marathons. He once played a tango marathon that went on for hours. In this spirit, friends and colleagues of his, as well as former students, are joining on Saturday in a six-hour marathon of both his music and the music of other American composers. Among the pianists participating are Winston…

It’s not easy, being a rock legend. Especially if you have to be more than one.Last month at Kleinhans Music Hall, Brody Dolyniuk took on the challenge of portraying Freddie Mercury in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s acclaimed tribute to Queen. And he’s far from finished. Dolyniuk is returning to Kleinhans on Friday, this time as Mick Jagger in the BPO’s toast…

Marvin Hamlisch earned a special place in the heart of Western New York over the years he was the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal pops conductor, thanks to the concerts he conducted here before and after that appointment. His death in August 2012 was a shock and a sorrow, as people thought back to all the entertaining times we shared with him. On Saturday, the…

David Felder, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Birge-Cary Chair of Composition, is turning 60. His friends and colleagues are celebrating by inviting the public to a feast of Felder. Eight Felder compositions are on the menu. The earliest dates from 1986, and the latest was written just this year.Among the Felder pieces to be performed are “Boxman,” written in 1986 and…

Angel Salazar. 8 and 10 p.m. Nov. 30. Rob’s Comedy Playhouse, 1340 North Forest Road, Williamsville. 688-1867. www.robscomedyplayhouse.com. $12.The Adam Carolla Show Live Podcast. 8 p.m. Feb. 1. UB Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst. 645-ARTS. www.ubcfa.org. Tickets are $27 students, $42 general and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday(box office, Tickets.com).STS9. 7 p.…

More than just the story of yet another pop sensation among many, the success of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is indicative of a major shift in the power structure of the modern music industry.The duo – a rapper (Macklemore) and a dude with a laptop (Ryan Lewis), essentially – sold in excess of 2 million copies of its breakthrough single, “Thrift Shop,” without the invo…

The first time I heard Sinead O’Connor sing, I nearly fell of the edge of my dorm room bed. A freshman in college and a major U2 fan, I had just purchased the soundtrack to the film “Captive,” which was essentially a solo album from U2 guitarist the Edge, who had crafted the score for the UK-released film.For one song, a particularly haunting and ethereal one, Edge e…

Hip-hopEminemThe Marshall Mathers LP2[Aftermath/Shady/Interscope]2½ stars (Out of four)OMG, this is, like, so totally ’90s!Eminem released “The Marshall Mathers LP’s” first volume 13 years ago. Back then, the Detroit-raised rapper came across as at once a radical and prodigiously talented rapper. He also was a bit of a creep, more than a bit of a misogynist, and a…

During a good concert, if things are going well, you might experience one of those moments when the hair on your arms stands up, you feel a tingle and chill through your whole body, and you are transported to some sort of elevated space. A great concert boasts a few such moments. But when Chris Cornell played UB’s Center for the Arts on Tuesday evening, the chills came d…

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eric Church isn’t sure what reaction he’ll get when he plays his new single, the hard rock anthem “The Outsiders,” on Wednesday night during the Country Music Association Awards.It’s the first time he’ll play the song in front of the Music Row “establishment” and millions of fans who don’t follow him, and he’ll be pushing mainstream…

NEW YORK – As the first YouTube Music Awards came to a close Sunday night, creative director Spike Jonze thanked the powers that be at the video-sharing website for “letting us make this mess.”He couldn’t have chosen a more apt word.The inaugural 90-minute webcast, held in New York City and hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and comedian Reggie Watts, was conceived …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Country Music Association Awards aren’t until Wednesday, but Taylor Swift is already a winner.The CMA will present Swift with its Pinnacle Award, given to an artist who has achieved worldwide success and recognition that’s unique to country music.Garth Brooks is the only other performer to win the award. It was created in 2005.Swift is the top …

Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s “Art of Jazz” is 15 years old now, and this year’s debut for the series holds up well when compared with the stellar bookings they’ve had during the course of their existence. That’s because Fred Hersch is a truly amazing pianist, not just as a technician but as an artist capable of a beautiful brilliance in thought and execution. He…

ATLANTA – From Creedence Clearwater Revival to a respected solo career to a new album boasting renovations of his songs with an arsenal of superstars, John Fogerty can undoubtedly be considered one of the kingpins of classic rock.The genial Californian is an astounding guitarist and champion songwriter – it’s a small list of artists who can claim songs as monumental …